Cochabamba – HackLab

Cochabamba – HackLab

Location Cochabamba
Name HackLab Cochabamba
Community Level Neighborhood
Sector Community free network, new technologies
Year of beginning 2012
N° of people involved HackLab has 295 members
Object HackLab is a digital hub in the city of Cochabomba, Bolivia.  Within this hub citizens are currently going through a process of installation and operazionalization of a community-free network: a wireless mash network that will allow the communities around it (between which schools, cultural centers, etc) to share resources and increase collective intelligence. The community network is based on pronciples of “openness”, participation, collaboration, cooperation and solidaruty
Field Urban
Source Interview to Daniel Cotillas (ética hacker for l’HackLab); website
Website http://hacklabcbba.org/

Cochabamba

Athens – SynAthina

Athens – SynAthina

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Location Athens
Name SynAthina
Community Level City
Settore Quality of life, democratic processes
Year of beginning 2013
Object SynAthina is a community platform based in the city of Athens, created for impuls of Athens Municipality, that connects, facilitates and supports citizens groups involved in the amelioration of the quality of life in Athens. Several tools are made available for citizens: the web platform, the SynAthina kiosk (meeting point) e thematic meeting. From its launch in 2013, SynAthina has hosted 2227 activities realized by 259 groups of citizens and institutions
Field Urban/various
Source Interview to Amalia Zepou (Athens deputy mayor, foundator of SynAthina); website
Website http://www.synathina.gr/el/

Athen

Bergrivier – FLOW – Fostering Local Wellbeing

Bergrivier – FLOW – Fostering Local Wellbeing

Location Bergrivier
Name FLOW Project – Fostering Local Well-Being
Community Level City
Sector Urban and commons transition, eco-sustainability, climate-change
Anno di avvio 2012
Oggetto The FLOW Project is currently going through a transition process from research project (it was born as a two-years project at Cape Town University) to independent entity, having as a main aim the facilitation of the “commons transition”. The project is active in three areas of SouthAfrica: the local Municipality of Bergrivier, the city of Kokstad and the suburb of Bo-Kaap. In Bergrivier, FLOW has developed the Climate Change Adaption Plan. The project involves the local unoccipied youth – the FLOW Ambassadors – to build individual and community capabilities in order to stimulate growth and to produce innovation in the fields of climate change, exploitation of resources and inequality
Field Urban e rural
Source Interview to Anna Cowen and John Ziniades (co-founders of the FLOW project); website
Website http://www.flowafrica.org

bergrivier

Nairobi – Friends of Karura

Nairobi – Friends of Karura

Location Karura Forest, Nairobi
Name Friends of Karura
Community Level City
Sector Environment
Year of beginning 2009
N° of people involved 20
Object Friends of Karura Forest is a Community Forest Association  dedicated to the protection of Karura Forest, the biggest green area in Nairobi. The Association was born after the emanation of the Forest Act in 2005, that serves as a legal device for the conservation of forests in Kenya
Field Rural
Source Interview to Saadia Salim (MSC Thesis in Università Marconi); website
Website http://www.friendsofkarura.org/

nairobi

Mombasa – Grassroots Economics

Mombasa – Grassroots Economics

Location Mombasa
Name Grassroots Economics
Community Level Local
Sector Mutual-credit
Year of beginning 2013
Object Grassroots Economics is a non-profit foundation that has the aim of marginalized communities empowerment, and that focuses on the communities’ development through their economic empowerment and through community currency programs. In Mombasa it has developed a community currency model called Sarafu-Credit”, based on a pilot form of mutual-credit (Bangla-Pasa) that has been launched in 2010
Field Urban and rural
Source Interview to Will Ruddick (founder and technical director of Grassroots Economics Foundation); website
Website http://www.grassrootseconomics.org/

mombasa